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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Kosteletzkya (named for V. F. Kosteletzky, professor of medicinal botany at Prague, and author of several books). Malvaceae. Perennial herbs or shrubs closely related to Hibiscus, 6 species of which are found in Amer., 1 in. Abyssinia and 1 from W. and Cent.

Italy through S. Russia to Persia. Lvs. sagittate, lobed: fls. solitary or clustered in the axils of the lvs., often in terminal panicles or racemes, pink, purple or white; bractlets 7-10, often very small or obsolete; stamina! column entire or 5-toothed; ovary 5-celled with 1 ovule in each cell: caps, depressed, dehiscing loculicidally along the 5 projecting angles. K. pentacarpa, Ledeb., is the only European species and has been described in horticultural literature abroad. An erect plant, about 3 ft. high: lvs. cordate, toothed: fls. purple-red, rather large, borne singly on peduncles a little shorter than the lvs. K. virginica, Presl. Foliage pubescent, often scabrous: sts. 1-4 ft. high, branching: panicles leafy; calyx canescent; petals pink or purple: caps, hirsute at maturity. Marshes along the coast, N. Y. to Fla. and La.

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Kosteletzkya virginica
Kosteletzkya virginica
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Kosteletzkya depressa

Kosteletzkya paniculata
Kosteletzkya pentacarpos
Kosteletzkya virginica
about 25 more


Kosteletzkya is a genus of the plant family Malvaceae that includes the seashore mallow (K. virginica). It includes about 30 species found worldwide.

The genus was separated from Hibiscus in 1835 by Carl Presl, who named it after Vincenz Franz Kosteletzky (1801-1887).


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